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The Latest: Peruvian mourns over FIFA acquittal

NEW YORK – The Latest news about FIFA bribery case in a court of the united states (all times are local):

11:20 pm

A former South American football official acquitted of corruption-charges against an AMERICAN trial says that he is done with the sport, and to go back to practicing law.

Manuel Burga, the 60-year-old former president of the Peru football federation, wept when his acquittal was announced Tuesday in the FIFA bribery scandal. His two co-defendants were convicted and sentenced last week.

After the verdict, he said: “God Bless America.”

Burga says he will go home and resume a career as a lawyer, that was largely left behind for the last 15 years, during his career as a football executive.

Jose Maria Marin, from Brazil, and Juan Angel Napout, from Paraguay, were convicted Friday on most costs they encountered.

The prosecutors accused them of agreeing to millions of dollars in bribes from marketing companies looking for commercial rights for the major football tournaments.

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10:45 pm

A former South American football official is acquitted of corruption-charges against an AMERICAN trial arising from the FIFA bribery scandal, after two others were sentenced last week.

The jury on Friday had said: it was jammed on the one racketeering conspiracy indictment against Manuel Burga, Peru. The judge sent them home for the holiday weekend. Jurors reached a not-guilty verdict Tuesday shortly after deliberations resumed.

Jose Maria Marin, from Brazil, and Juan Angel Napout, from Paraguay, were convicted Friday on most charges, but acquitted of a number of lesser charges. The three were arrested in 2015.

The prosecutors accused them of agreeing to millions of dollars in bribes from marketing companies looking for commercial rights for the major football tournaments.

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12:05 pm

A New York jury that two former South American football officials guilty of bribery is set to continue deliberations for a third official charged in the FIFA (FEE’-fuh) scandal.

Deliberations to resume Tuesday at the U.S. trial of Juan Napout, of Paraguay, Jose Maria Marin, Brazil, and Manuel Burga, Peru.

Jurors convicted Napout and Marin on extortion and other charges on Friday, but told a judge they were divided on a verdict for Burga on his single extortion conspiracy charges. The judge instructed them to return to the court after the holiday weekend and keep trying.

Prosecutors said the men accepted millions of dollars in bribes from marketing companies vying for a lucrative commercial rights to major football tournaments controlled by FIFA, the sport’s governing body.

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